Welcome to my October e-Magazine.

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This is the last eMagazine I will be able to send prior to the dissolution of parliament as once parliament has been dissolved there will no longer be any MPs.

Thank you for continuing to read and engage with my award winning eMagazine and I hope to continuing sending it after 12th December.

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As well as the updates on planning applications in the Edinburgh South section of the newsletter there are a couple of other local updates:

Site east of Winton Gardens – developers are looking to build a care home on the site. I have supported local residents in fending off attempts to build houses on this site for many years and will listen to the community on this latest application. Fairmilehead Community Council hosted an exhibition with developers this week and a planning application can be expected in the near future.

Mayfield Road – 19/04768/FUL & 19/04858/FUL for student accommodation covering 200 and 224 Mayfield Road. This application has now been lodged on the Council’s planning portal. You can view and comment on the current application by visiting the planning portal and searching for 19/04768/FUL & 19/04858/FUL.

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Bridgend Farm House Update:

Christmas lunches at the farmhouse

We are doing Christmas lunches from 2nd to 21st December, all are 12-3pm.

All must be pre-booked, with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. £13.95 for 2 courses, £15.95 for 3, and £17.95 for 4 courses. We will take bookings out with those times for a group of 20 plus if required.

We also have availability for private evening bookings (minimum 25 people)

For info and booking email info@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

We will also be serving them for individuals and smaller groups on our cafe days, each Thur, Fri and Sat, please give us 24 hours’ notice so we can ensure we are ready for you.

Buy a Bale for the Bridgend Eco-Bothy

We are raising funds for a volunteer training programme needed to complete the build of our Bothy. This will create opportunities for many volunteers to learn natural sustainable building techniques while working together to build the bothy. Please help ‘bale us out!’ and raise the final funds needed to complete this innovative and exciting project.

Please share this link with anyone you know who might contribute https://www.givey.com/bridgendecobothy

Bridgend Winter Warmers socials

7-10 pm, Oct 25, Nov 29 and Dec 13

Do Ghosts Exist? – Tonight is the first of 3 socials to challenge darkening cold dark days, each with a theme, special guests, debate/discussion, open mike and fab food. BYOB

Free to locals. Witty, fun performers welcome – but stick to the theme, we have just confirmed the services of a real magician for this first one!


To get involved email hilary.lowson@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk or via our Contact Us page

REHIS elementary food hygiene course, Thu Nov 7, 10-4pm

We have a few spaces available for this course, only £45, includes lunch. For info and booking mail info@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

We can run also these on request for organisations that are wanting to get staff members trained.


Our Community Meals continue each Tuesday night, 5pm

Come and enjoy cooking and eating together. Everyone is welcome.

Please book in advance via admin@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

Car boot / Table sale, Nov 9, 10:30-2pm

To book a table email admin@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk or call us on 0131 564 0068

Indian inspired afternoon tea, with the Chai Ladies, Sat Nov 23, 3-5pm

We are very excited to announce a new venture at the Farmhouse, a local community starting a collective who want us to host afternoon teas, we can’t wait, the menu looks delicious!

£10 per head, to book email admin@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

Stained Glass Workshops, Nov 5th & 19th, Dec 3rd & 10th, 10-3pm

Make your own heirloom style agate slice tealight holder; each workshop will cover how to cut glass, add copper foil then solder together your tealight. £10 per workshop to cover materials and only 3 people per workshop to guarantee success.


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Family bike rides at Bridgend

A reminder: Our free family-led bike rides are now running from Bridgend Farmhouse every Saturday in November 10-12 (starting 2 Nov), and then monthly rides over the winter.

Run by Leanne from A Wee Pedal, these will be relaxed gentle rides for all the family,and will be 2-2.5 hours long.

Get out enjoy the good weather, explore Edinburgh, meet others.

To register for any week contact admin@bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

You can also get your bike fixed before or after in our Bike workshop (now open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays)

Our Drop-in Activity days continue each Wednesday & Sunday 11-3pm.

Everyone welcome, just drop in to see what we are doing, get involved in what’s going on and have a free lunch with us.

Edinburgh Council Adult Education Classes:

We continue to partner with City of Edinburgh Council to offer a range of courses at the Farmhouse. To find out more about them and to sign up to attend go to


Jobs and volunteering with Teens +

“At TEENS+, although we are a unique service we are facing this challenge.

“Please feel free to circulate within your networks and contact lists that we always have sessional vacancies open and often there are other internal opportunities available to apply for working at TEENS+ once a sessional worker.


I would really appreciate if you could pass on the link and also invite people to consider TEENS+ as an employer in the disability and autism support sector as well lifelong learning and education fields.”

Cameron Toll to BioQuarter – Active Travel Route consultation:

The City of Edinburgh Council is working with NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh to improve the route between Cameron Toll and the Edinburgh BioQuarter for cyclists and pedestrians.

Our aim is to make it easier for people to travel by bike or on foot along the route. Initial plans include segregated cycle lanes which separate cyclists from the road traffic, improved junctions and crossings to create a safe and direct route and better connections to other walking and cycling routes.

Whatever your views about the proposals, we want to hear from you.

An online survey is available until 25 November 2019. Further information about the project can be found on the project website.

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